Sailandoar- Given that many small boat sailors don't want to spend the money on a radar reflector and the associated costs to install it, what is the likelihood that they'll spring for an active radar reflector, like the SeaMe??? Close to ZERO. If they are willing to spend money... they usually want to spend the least possible...and anything that requires power on a continual basis is something they generally want to avoid.
Also, a radar reflector, like the Davis Echomaster, doesn't require power. When is the power on a small sailboat most likely to have problems... in rough weather... when are you most likely going to need a radar reflector/responder/radome? In rough weather. Which would you rather have, something that becomes a paperweight if your electrical system packs it in, or something that will just work, with or without electricity.
I know what my answer is... That's why I have a Davis Echomaster Deluxe on a halyard, and another one sitting as a spare in the companionway locker. Total investment for the two radar reflectors and halyard setup was less than $150 and about 15 minutes of time.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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